Stand Out Albums has been a showcase for my favorite albums across the vast performers that I love. Covering a little bit of everything from classic rock to country hits, much like Key Movies of My Life, it has been the albums that shaped me. This year, I am taking a slightly different approach by discussing the discographies of my favorite musicians, album by album, in release order.
This week we land on the third album from Marcy Playground, playfully entitled MP3 (or Marcy Playground 3).
Why This Album?
MP3 is a much more introspective album than the previous releases that, while it has serious moments, we still get a little of the bands signature silliness. Harkening back a little closer to that of their debut album, this album is filled to the brim with some folkish/singer songwriter tunes that continue to echo with their brilliant storytelling. Spinning tales about lost soldiers, fallen schoolmates and even possibly the Devil themselves, MP3 shows the band as a much tighter and more well traveled unit and it works in every way.
Much of this album is very chill and relaxed and can almost be seen as a lament to the past as the 90’s had come and gone with bands like that of Marcy Playground falling into relative obscurity. Sure, they were still around for us die hard fans but everyone else, well, they had kinda moved on. Even this is referenced in the song Rock and Roll Heroes which talks about how those Rock and Roll years wont come again, but boy to we love our Rock and Roll Heroes.
To me, this is definitive Marcy Playground embracing their signature sound while taking it to the next level. Hearing this album again makes me wish that they had gotten the recognition they disserved, still, maybe this will help get them back in the zeitgeist, who knows?
Jesse Went To War: That war story song…yeah…it’s a heart breaker.
Flag and Finger: Oh man, this song…so appropriate for this decade.
Death of a Cheerleader: I dont know why but this one always hits me hard.
Brand New Day. Damn…this song…wow.
Ok, Where do I get it?
Grab this one on Discogs as well. I mean, for just under $2, you really cant go wrong. Or, There’s Spotify.
Late to the Game 1/4/2021
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